Wednesday, 24 December 2014

New Printing Videos on Darkroom Dave

There are 3 new videos covering the darkroom printing process on Darkroom Dave as well as YouTube.

Making your first black and white print Tutorial
This tutorial includes how to make a test strip and how to make a print using a single exposure. 2 of the videos are included here.

Split Grade Printing the Ilford Way
Split grade printing should be the normal way to make prints on variable contrast papers like Ilford Multigrade. One of the new videos describes the technique.

These 3 videos summarise what I cover on my darkroom printing workshops. Here are the videos:

Making a Test Strip

Making a Print

Split Grade Printing

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Photographs on Ilford Stand at Photokina

Found this post sitting in my blog drafts. No idea why I didn't post when I wrote it in September but suspect blogger crashed again on my mobile and I forgot to go back to it:

Just received a photo, courtesy of Steven Brierley, of my pictures on the Ilford Photo stand at Photokina 2014. Visit them on stand A10/B15 in Hall 3 until 21st September.

Monday, 22 December 2014

New Images of the Dolomites

I have been busy scanning images for my new books and have finished the section of images for the Dolomites that I will select from. Here's a sample from them.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Reflections

Forcella Ambrizolla

Cadini di Misurina

Monte Pelmo from Forc. Formin

Monte Piana Summit View

Val de Rinbianco Tree

Col Toron and Bird

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Contemporary Art and Craft Fair at RHS Wisley until Sunday 30th November

We are doing a show at RHS Wisley with Craft in Focus. It's the highest quality show that we do and there are about 150 designer-maker exhibitors from all over the country.

It's on right now until this Sunday (30th November). Entry is free to RHS members and there's lots of car parking at the venue.

Jan is doing this one on her own and it's usually a busy show but that's how she prefers to do it. I just get in the way otherwise!

There's lots of new pictures, including Vienna as well as a few new ones of London, lots of bargains, especially smaller prints from £5.

You can also buy all 4 books for £20. My Lake District book Lake Light is going fast, we now have less than 40 copies from the 1500 print run. Once they are sold there will be no more, it's not being reprinted as I have too many new images still to publish, hence the 2 new landscape books that I'm currently working on.

Here are some photos of our stand at RHS Wisley that Jan took today, a bit more space than last year so things aren't as cramped, it will be easier for you to browse the prints and books.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Our Last Buxton Show of 2014

We are in the middle of doing our last art and craft fair in Buxton for this year. It's the Artist and Designer Fair in Buxton Pavilion Gardens. Open 10am to 4.30pm tomorrow, Sunday 23rd November, free entry. About 45 exhibitors with lots of different types of work.

We have lots of pictures, maybe 400 in total, landscape and cities, all in glorious black and white. Jan also has a selection of her colour prints on the stand. Lots of Christmas shopping ideas, clearance framed photographs, reduced price mounted prints, offers on books and lots more.

This may be the last show in our local area for now but we still have one more show after this at RHS Wisley Gardens starting Tuesday 25th November. More on this in a couple of days.

Friday, 14 November 2014

3 Shires Head in Spate on Photo Course

Today I ran a personal Peak District photo course for Nick and Rex who work together in Windsor.

Not the best day weatherwise! Heavy rain delayed our start. Then we had a break in the weather, headed out and had over an hour dry and took advantage with some good waterfall photos in the Goyt Valley.

The rain returned at noon so we went for an early lunch at the Church Inn in Chelmorton. A sunny afternoon was forecast and we didn't want to miss it!

As usual the sun came out while we were in the pub.

We resumed the day taking photographs of the small fields, dry stone walls and trees from Chelmorton Low, the hill behind the pub.

Big clouds came over to block the light so we went off for more waterfalls as they don't need sunshine to make them impressive.

3 Shires Head was in full spate. I can't remember seeing so much water here before, and I've been here dozens of times over the years. Lots of scope for stunning photos.

Only my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone to record for this blog. Hope these give you an idea of what it was like. The last 2 show how conversion to black and white changes the scene.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

New Images of Vienna

In September 2014 we visited Vienna for the first time. I took 22 rolls of 120 film on my Mamiya 7 cameras, with 10 shots to a roll.

In order to put them on my website I have scanned the first batch of negatives and edited them in Photoshop to look like darkroom images. This is so that I can print them in the darkroom as needed.

Here are some of the photographs. Click here for the Vienna photos on my gallery website.

Freyung Passage at Night

Hofburg Palace Skyline

 Spanish Riding School Stables

 Prater Park Ferris Wheel at Dusk

 Upper Belvedere Palace Reflections

Cathedral and Haas Haus

Hofburg Statue at Dusk

City Hall at Night